This is a critical thing to say.Â But, for the most part, it fits today’s conservative wing of theÂ Christian religion.
To be tribal is to circle the wagons, make judgements about the other tribe and lob insults over the fence to them.Â It is to believe that our tribe is good, theÂ other tribe is bad.
One place the script plays out is in the belief that there is a satan.Â The other tribesÂ are infected with satan and unclean.Â
It also involves being judgemental.Â How the other tribe looks and how its membersÂ actÂ is subject to our judgemental scrutiny.
That current Christianity follows tribal customs is not surprising.Â It’s instructional manual, the Bible, was written at a time when the world was still made up largely of tribes.Â The Bible refers to these tribes.Â They believed the earth was flat and never traveled more than a few miles from where they were born.
The problem with holding on to these tribal beliefs is that members now can visit the other tribe.Â What they are finding is that the other tribe is not as bad as portrayed by local tribal mythology.Â Technology has brought the younger members in contact with the other tribe and there is intermarriage.
The Bible is filled with tribal rules and tribal lore.Â This includes ideas like we should not eat certain foods at the same time, women are the property of men, the sun revolves around the earth and, of course, the vague reference to gays.Â
The sooner we leave all this behind and deal with the world as it is today, the better off we will all be.